What We Do For Love: A Novel
Please stop me if I start gushing, but this book deserves more than the five stars I am allowed to give it. This book had everything going for it. Lovable, likable characters with morals. A fantastic setting. A realistic storyline. With an even more realistic ending. I mean really, there were no flaws at all in this book and my eyeballs were glued to it the whole time. Nicole is a single mom to Justin. Her relationship with his father Brady went downhill when Brady showed his true colors and left Nicole and Justin when Justin was still a baby. Nicole is an artist who specializes in ceramics and is well known for her beautiful glazes. One day, Nicole comes home to find 16-year-old Justin in the kitchen with a classmate of his. A girl. The girl’s name is Daniela. Nicole realizes that something is up with the two teenagers after Justin asks if Daniela can stay the night. She can sleep in his room and he will sleep on the couch. Nicole is very skeptical of this, and rightfully so. For Justin and Daniela have a secret. A secret that will create a “U-turn”, as Nicole describes it, in Nicole’s life. I liked the fact that the author wrote Nicole’s character as a smart Mom who had some very real issues to deal with. She is balancing a working career as an artist with a big piece due with being a Mom to a teenager as well as running a household. On top of this, Nicole’s sister, Caroline, comes to live with her and with Daniela staying at the house as well, Nicole is running out of beds for people. She is resourceful and they create a makeshift bedroom on the covered porch. The whole story was very believable and the characters were not written as sugarcoated, perfect-all-the-time people. I also really liked the complicated but not-so-complicated relationship between Nicole and Mike. Their friendship had endured so much yet they were always there for one another. Mike was like a stepdad to Justin and their relationship was very special as well. My favorite relationship, however, was that between Nicole and Justin. So many things could have gone wrong here. So often, the moms in books are overbearing or clueless or a bit of both. Nicole is smart and is able to read her son so well. They have such a great connection. This could very easily be a true story or made into a movie. The writing kept me interested to the very end. Five shining stars with a cherry on top to What We Do For Love.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||270 pages|
|Publisher||Amazon Digital Services|
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